Feb 21, 2013
Award recognizes leadership on disabiliity issues
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington’s Fifth District is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 2012 Representative of the Year. National MS Society Public Policy Staff will honor Representative McMorris-Rodgers at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel during the Society's annual Public Policy Conference on March 5, 2013. In bestowing its highest honor for public officials, the Society applauds Representative McMorris Rodgers’s leadership and dedication to issues that improve the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis and their families.
Building from her longstanding commitment to disability issues, Representative McMorris Rodgers has taken a leadership role within her party including serving as a surrogate during the 2012 presidential campaign and appearing at the 2012 National Forum on Disability Issues, co-sponsored by the National MS Society. She has emerged as a leader within her caucus, being elected Chair of the Republican Conference by her colleagues.
“I am honored to be named Representative of the Year by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I am grateful for the leadership and the work of the Society to draw attention to the needs of those who have MS as well as their families. As hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to live with MS, it is critical that Congress understand the impact of this disease and that policy decisions are made with that understanding in mind,” said Representative McMorris Rodgers (WA-5).
Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers has supported the National Neurological Diseases Surveillance System Act and the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act. In addition, she has co-chaired the Bipartisan Congressional Disability Caucus and has been a member of the Congressional MS Caucus. She is recognized as a leader on disability issues by members of both sides of the political aisle.
“Representative McMorris Rodgers is a strong advocate in the House on behalf of people with disabilities and everyone affected by MS,” National MS Society President and CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo said. “We’re proud to name her 2012 Representative of the Year for co-sponsoring the National Neurological Diseases Surveillance System Act and urging reauthorization of the Lifespan Respite Care Program that supports family caregivers.”
For more information on Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, visit www.mcmorris.house.gov, www.facebook.com/mcmorrisrodgers or www.twitter.com/cathymcmorris. For more information on the Society and MS issues, visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/advocacy. For more information on the Society’s Greater and Inland Northwest local programs, visit www.WAmovesMS.org.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.
About the National MS Society
The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support 350 research projects around the world while providing programs and services that assisted more than one million people. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org.
Contact Jim Freeburg at 206-284-4254 ext 40237 or Jim.Freeburg@nmss.org.